tired smiles and soft sighs….

The words just haven’t found me,
not this week,
only tired smiles and soft sighs
for the sharing
….. something I heard in living breezes as they billowed,
 echoed by growing things
and fluttering wings.

“You’ve done enough”.
I’ve rolled this idea around and around
like a sea pebble in my pocket,
 heavy comfort in it’s weightless warmth 


 “You’ve done enough”….kneaded deep into muscle and soul
until my jaw goes soft enough
to taste the truth
and let Love be sweetness
and fruit.

When there isn’t enough of me
to do
what it seems that I should
must I measure out more from this cup
already in the red?

“No,  you’ve done enough.”
“Really?   I don’t feel like….”
“Really.  You’ve done enough.   Allow me….”

~big slamming busy season for Rivergreen and alot of growing pains with my lovies has me feeling worn a little thin.  Rainy week predicted….I hope, I hope!  Please wait for me,  October:)

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  1. Julia Of Petals and Wool on October 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Jennifer, I read between the lines…. the best I can, and I hear a beautiful soul, trying to keep busy even when there’s no need to be busy anymore, trying to fill an empty place in her aching heart. For a mother that seems like an impossible task.

    There’s one who has offered to carry the heavy yoke for us when the burden seems to be too heavy. I find comfort in Matt 11:28. Sometimes we just need someone stronger than ourselves. I pray for your son’s safety and keeping you in my thoughts. Hugs. JB

  2. S. Etole on October 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    The being still
    so necessary
    yet so difficult

  3. Kathy on October 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Sometimes it would be nice to have big loving arms wrapped around me and to hear tose words…you’ve done enough…more than enough…and it was oh so appreciated…when I need to hear it the most. jennifer, something tells me that you are a real go-getter and that when you admit to being tired, you have done way more than enough. Treat yourself tomorrow! Hugs, kath

  4. Kel on October 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    it is harvest time
    where you live
    may what you have sown
    reap abundantly

  5. Anyes - Far Away in the Sunshine on October 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    By the looks of it it certainly seems you have done plenty. Enjoy a much needed rest Jennifer

  6. Bren on October 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    You have done enough. Pray the week/month goes well with enough energy and resources to get it done. Take care of yourself while your caring for everything else

    Love the photos too!

  7. kamana on October 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    it is hard being still when you feel like you need to be rushing about, tending to things. i get that.

  8. Liz on October 9, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Darling Girl…..

    ….amazing…..once again, the broken bread of you becomes nourishment for so many……this picture of yours that heads your post was *deeply* meaningful to me and just the nod i needed from Him tonight……here comes the sun…….

    …in return, for you tonight, my friend…i hope this fills your thirsty heart and soul… http://hindsfeet-birdseyeview.blogspot.com/2010/05/rest.html

    your friend,

  9. rachel awes on October 9, 2011 at 6:59 am

    that’s ok, jennifer.
    let’s set words down, gently,
    & just eat those caramel apples together.

  10. Maron on October 9, 2011 at 11:07 am


    When I struggle like this, with so much to do and a cup that is “in the red” I like to imagine that it’s my best friend telling me how they are feeling, how they just can’t do more. I likely would say to them, “You are amazing, you have done more than any one person could be expected to do. You should lay down and look at the flowers for a day or to, then come back to it.”

    But of course when it’s ourselves, we struggle to know when enough is enough.

    I think you have found such beauty in the struggle. Now, lay down and look at the flowers for a day or two.

    Be good to yourself.

  11. Marcie on October 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I think one of the hardest things is accepting the possibility that we have done enough. There always seems to be something more to do..that can be done. It’s something I’ve been struggling with myself of late. As always – so beautifully said. You have such a gift with words.

  12. valerie (poetic chronicles) on October 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Jennifer! May october be sweet to you. All my best thoughts to gentle John (looks so sweet on the photo of the last post!) and the poor lady. How are they both recovering from their emotional/physical shock? If you’re like me I guess you never do enough, right? 😉 But I’m sure you’ve done soooooo much and deserve a peaceful, comforting time now. Allow yourself some rest, have a bite at the caramel apples and keep writing! 🙂

  13. elk on October 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    hang in there my friend .. sending you special thoughts and repeating …you have done enough….

  14. Barb on October 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I’d have tired smiles and soft sighs too – if I were u But u speak with such pretty poetry – it makes things go more sweetly. Praying for u and ur family. Love to u all, Barb

  15. JBR on October 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Always inspired what you have to share Jen. Always have those bright colored photos as well. Love those sprinkles!!! Blessings my dear one.

  16. missing moments on October 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Lovely photos and enjoy your shares.

  17. Liz on October 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    …left you a response on my post, but wanted to be sure you got it, so leaving it here as well…peaceful night over there, sweet friend….

    “darling Jen…

    *I* love how *you’ve* influenced my writing, my journey, my life, my flight…..

    thank you, dear friend, with all my heart,

  18. Erin Leigh on October 9, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Yes, I love those words. and it’s so true. You’ve done enough. you are enough. such a necessary reminder. xo, e

  19. Barbara on October 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

    “Wait for me October!” Ah, I feel the same way, afraid I’m rushing about so much I’m going to miss it. I’m trying to pull in my own reins. Let’s keep reminding each other!

  20. jeanie on October 13, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Jennifer –this post reminds me of a journal entry I wrote long ago when I still journaled every day — “I’m not enough.” And it cut across so many levels — not pretty enough, not smart enough, not enough time, not able to solve everyone’s problem and make them happy. Thing is, we all have x-amount of time energy, ability, whatever. You have had one rocky ride recently. You have done so much. You need to do something for you. And maybe writing this post was the start of it.

    But I’m not telling you anything you don’t know — just sending words of support. And I loved the photos you chose for this. They are perfect, and I’m just kind of hoping that maybe during this rough time, you made a moment to photograph those apples or flowers or do that painting — and that’s giving back to you, too! Many hugs!

  21. Peggy Krantz on October 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Your photographs are always awesome but the last one on this post is exquisite- radiant and colorful like your poetry – it’s like a visual image of your writings to me! Just lights up my heart!

  22. Ron on October 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Love It! Especially the candy apples… yum!

    Thanks for your recent comment on my blog 🙂

    Have a nice day Jennifer 🙂

  23. beth on October 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    did you need my mailing address for those caramel apples ????……LOL

  24. Anita on October 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    A busy Rivergreen is a good thing, yes?

    Applause to you for allowing yourself to say “enough”. That is a wisdom that comes with age a bit, I think. After a while we learn that the world isn’t going to blow up or fall apart if we are too tired to do the things that our alternate ego Superwoman tells us to do.

    Whereverer you are, however you feel and whatever you’ve done is enough. It’s more that enough. It’s everything!

    xoxo, Anita

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